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Recent News

Blackrock Education Centre will close from 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016 until 8.30 am on Monday, 4th April 2016.
 
We wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Manifesto writing is a way to imagine different worlds.
“Creating the Manifesto” is a project for young people. Over four days during Easter 2016, participants will create their own manifestos. They will devise and write personal manifestos at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, and then use these texts to design and print letterpress posters at the National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4.
This is an active, practical and fun 4 day project incorporating creative writing, design and print, during which participants will also find out about historical manifestos, including the 1916 Proclamation.
The project is free for participants but booking is essential and applicipants must take part on all days.  For more Information click...

We would like to invite all teachers and education partners in our area to attend our AGM
next Tuesday, 15th March, 2016, at 7.30 pm.
 
We hope to inform you of our activities and expenditure for 2015 and our plans for 2016.  
 
If you think you would like to help us in the coming year, we would be very interested in adding new teacher members to our Management Committee.  This entails an average annual total of 10 hours attendance at monthly committee meetings.  It is a great opportunity to learn about the CPD initiatives and the projects  available to teachers.
Please contact us at bec@blackrockec.ie if you would like to know more.

Minecraft is an extremely popular game environment (23+ million users) that allows its users to create their own worlds and explore others.  In recent years, the educational potential of this programme has been realised.  While many of your pupils are familiar with this environment, it remains an uncharted and unexplored for adults.
Course participants will learn to use Minecraft in an educational context to assist students developing 21st century skills such as collaboration, knowledge construction, skilled communication, problem solving, and self-regulation.   Working together to build a structure in a Minecraft world will enable them to mirror the same process in their own classrooms.
The first workshop (March 8th) will include an...

Booking is now open for the second part of this support for post-primary art teachers. This 2 ½ hour workshop is a follow on from Workshop 1. The purpose of this second workshop will be to:

  • explore the design footprint as an integral component of the student’s work;
  • explore ethical considerations in relation to the Assessment Framework;
  • interrogate a sample paper.

These are the last planned workshops for this academic year.  Teachers are asked to bring the sample workbook and examination paper given out at Workshop 1 with them. Teachers are also asked to bring a primary source with them.
To book a place on 
Morning Session March 8th click...

The Dublin Branch of the HTAI (History Teachers’ Association of Ireland) will hold their Spring Seminar in Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum on Saturday March 12th, 2016.  The timetable is as follows:
 
9.15 – 9.30: Registration
9.30 - 10.30: Claire Marie Tuite, Muckross Park
"Interactive Methodology for Junior Cert History"
10.30 –11.30: Dr Carla King, St Patrick’s College
"Stalin Show Trials"
11.30 - 11.45: Tea/Coffee and chat
11.45 - 12.30: Annie Burney
"1916 Exhibition in Glasnevin Cemetery"
12.30 -1.30: Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery
 
PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTENTION TO ATTEND BY TEXTING YOUR NAME AND SCHOOL NAME TO (087 1435 438)

Post-primary education in Ireland is in the midst of much curriculum and assessment change and teachers are at the coalface of this change. With the proposed introduction of new forms of classroom assessment, teachers will have an increased role in the assessment process. However, teachers’ beliefs provide a lens for the translation of policy into practice and so when considering the implementation of assessment reform one needs to know what teachers believe about the nature and purpose of assessment. 
Research into Irish Post-Primary Teachers’ Conceptions of Assessment is a study by Marie Darmody as part of her Doctorate in Education studies and is financially supported under the NCCA's Assessment Research and Development Programme 2015/16. The purpose of...

Want to sing? Come and join us on Tuesday evenings at 5.30pm - 7.30pm, starting on next Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016.

Experience the pleasure of singing together in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere, with an emphasis on FUN

No auditions, No prior choir singing experience necessary, just a willingness to sing.

 

EVERYONE WELCOME!!

 

This event is free of charge - follow the link to book your place Here

 

This year’s ILSA Spring Seminars take place on 11th March, 2016 at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny.  The theme is: Learning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrowand will include Primary and Post-Primary Seminars on:
Maths; Literacy; Behaviour; Management of Anxiety among Students with SEN;A Collaborative Approach to Literacy; Strategies to Support Learning for Children with EBD among others.
 
More details can be found on their website www.ilsa.ie

As part of their ongoing development of the Primary Curriculum, the NCCA are looking at Ethics, Religion, and Beliefs Education (ERBE) in the classroom.  Part of this process is consultation with teachers, parents and other parties. 
They have produced information to answer questions that may arise and to highlight some areas for consideration during this consultation process. The NCCA recognises the constraints of time allocation for the introduction of a curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics and requests teachers to respond to proposals for development of the curriculum as outlined at www.ncca.ie/consultation/erbe.